It was supposed to be the summer of her life. Instead, 17-year-old Lucy finds her best friend Harper shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did it come to this? Lucy Gosling is the drummer in Crush, a rock band formed by five London schoolgirls that has just won the UK semi-final of an international talent contest. But when the band lands in Hollywood for the big final, things are not quite as they seem. The band's lead singer, Harper, has just one thing on her mind - using sex, drugs and rock and roll, not to mention Crush itself, to win back her bad-news ex-boyfriend. Lucy must decide whether she's playing to Harper's tune, or setting the rhythm for the rest of the band
I really enjoyed drummer girl and I found I quite literally couldn't put it down.
Drummer girl is about a British girl group who have just won a huge international talent contest and starts quite dramatically with Lucy finding her best friend Harper dead in the swimming pool in their LA home. The story then rewinds back as you follow their story through the talent contest as they are flown out to LA to compete and charts all the highs and lows of the girls as they find their feet in the world of show business and learn that things aren't quite as glamorous as they might seem from the outside.
For me this book was reminiscent of Sarra Manning's Guitar Girl in its storyline in so many ways: ordinary teenagers plunged into the spot light as part of a group which shoots quickly to fame followed by the story of how they deal with that fame. The writing is good and it kept me page turning and because the story started with the ending I spent much of the book trying to work out whodunit murder she wrote style. I liked the girls and seeing the different ways in which fame effected them and the book had a brilliant moral about the fickle nature of fame.
An enjoyable read which is perfect for teenage girls who also love music.